THE GR7 BACKWARDS! CATALUNYA. Primer part.

Clariana – Bellprat

March 17 – 18

Plane, bus, train and taxi….. and then walk

Left Liverpool in the early morning on my ‘favourite’ airline to arrive in Barcelona, caught the cheap airport bus into the centre of the city. The Barcelona marathon was just finishing so the place was packed with athletes in various stages of recuperation, clutching water bottles. No time for sight seeing as I disappeared underground to catch a train to the nearby town of Igualada. This is where I had planned to start an eight day trip along the GR7, 150K. For reasons of transport and accommodation availability I was walking back south to Tivissa, my last stage – see previous posts October 2012.

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So my first night was in Igualada a town built on the leather industry. This is where your luxury handbags originate, as well as your Buff headgear!

Enjoyed the semi luxury of a four star hotel …..

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…. and ordered a taxi [20 Euro] for the next morning to get me to the start of my walk at a diminutive hamlet called Clariana. Straight away found a GR7 signpost and set off in high spirits.

GR7 Way-marker.

GR7 Way-marker.

For navigation I had maps from the latest edition of the Federacio de Catalunya for the GR7. So following these I disregarded the red and white way-marks down the road and soon found myself confronted with definite no passage signs as opposed to the common no hunting signs.

Private Hunting

Private Hunting

No Way!

I’ve only been back on route this year 10 minutes and have forgotten the golden rule – always follow the red and white markers of the GR7 no matter what your intuition or inaccurate map tells you!! So back down the road for half a kilometre and sure enough there was a sign off to the right for the GR7. Who’s to say why this differs from my map! Now on tracks through the fields and the sun was getting warm. Buzzards flying above. After a further navigational error [NW instead of SW!] I managed to get myself onto the minor road leading to Bellprat. Passed the turning to the small hamlet of Fillol, decided there would not be much in that place.Now there were great views back to Montserrat above Barcelona and to the east end of the snow covered Pyrenees.

Fillol and the Pyrenees.

Fillol and the Pyrenees.

Montserrat.

Montserrat.

Walked on to the hamlet of Bellprat where nothing stirred.

Bellprat

Bellprat

From the road here I managed to hitch a lift into the larger town of Santa Coloma de Queralt. The hotel here had closed down. Just missed the 13.45 bus back to Igualada so passed some time in the interesting old town, mainly drinking coffee in the square.

Santa Coloma Placa

Santa Coloma Placa

Caught the 15.30 bus back to Igualada. glad of an easy 14k first day and a good night’s meal and rest in the hotel.

Hake and black spaghetti.

Hake and black spaghetti.

2 thoughts on “THE GR7 BACKWARDS! CATALUNYA. Primer part.

    1. bowlandclimber Post author

      Conrad. Sorry to to say I cheat. I wait till I’m home and then post as I write up my diaries. Don’t have the necessary equipment abroad.
      The final stretch from Igualada to Andorra is about 150k so not too bad for a week.

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